Gardens

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A great garden

Four centuries of good husbandry have made Blickling’s 55 acre garden one of the greatest in England.  It changes through the seasons and has evolved over the centuries to reflect different fashions.

The beginning...

Come and see our Orangery in the Spring.

In 1619, the fashion was for formal gardens with ‘knots’, forerunners of parterres. In the 1700s a more natural look was created with views through trees. The Temple and Orangery were added early in the 18th century.

...and now

Lord Lothian brought in Norah Lindsay, the society gardener, to create the garden you see now. Today the garden is managed by a team of five, compared to the 15 gardeners employed by Lord Lothian. 

Mike's top gardening tips for early spring

Mike Owers, Walled Garden Project Manager

  • Give lawns their first cut, set your mower to cut higher than you would in summer
  • Sow sweet peas in March.  Put 2-3 seeds per pot, then plant them all together in their final location when they're ready to go out
  • Give your borders a bit of feed.  Use either an organic or non-organic fertilizer to give your plants a boost
  • By late march, sow vegetable seeds direct into the garden. Chard, carrots, beetroot and lettuce will all do well.  
  • In the greenhouse you can be getting your tomatoes, peppers, chillies and aubergines sown
  • Get your early potatoes chitted ready to go out in the next week or so. Keep a piece of horticultural fleece to hand for once they have emerged in case of frost.
     

 

Bringing our walled garden back to life

Broadland District Council are supporting the walled garden project © Antonia Gray

Broadland District Council are supporting the walled garden project

Over the next five years we will recreate a working walled fruit and vegetable garden based on the layout of the 1930s/40s walled garden, but which is relevant to the needs of today.

It is a project of regeneration rather than restoration and we hope that you will become a part of it, by becoming a volunteer, helping with a donation or simply returning to follow our progress.

 

Bringing our walled garden back to life

Work has begun on our exciting walled garden project © Antonia Gray

Work has begun on our exciting walled garden project

Over the next five years we will recreate a working walled fruit and vegetable garden based on the layout of the 1930s/40s walled garden, but which is relevant to the needs of today.

It is a project of regeneration rather than restoration and we hope that you will become a part of it, by becoming a volunteer, helping with a donation or simply returning to follow our progress.

 

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